Dictionary: ED'I-BLE – ED'U-CA-BLE

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ED'I-BLE, a. [from L. edo, to eat.]

Eatable; fit to be eaten as food; esculent. Some flesh is not edible. Bacon.

E'DICT, n. [L. edictum, from edico, to utter or proclaim; e and dico, to speak.]

That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action; an order issued by a prince to his subjects, as a rule or law requiring obedience; a proclamation of command or prohibition. An edict is an order or ordinance of a sovereign prince, intended as a permanent law, or to erect a new office, to establish new duties, or other temporary regulation; as, the edicts of the Roman emperors; the edicts of the French monarch.

ED'I-FI-CANT, a. [infra.]

Building. [Little used.]


A building or edifice. [Unusual.]

ED-I-FI-CA'TION, n. [L. ædificatio. See Edify.]

  1. A building up, in a moral and religious sense; instruction; improvement and progress of the mind, in knowledge, in morals, or in faith and holiness. He that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification. 1 Cor. xiv.
  2. Instruction; improvement of the mind in any species of useful knowledge. Addison.


Tending to edification. Hall.

ED'I-FICE, n. [L. ædificium. See Edify.]

A building; a structure; a fabric; but appropriately, a large or splendid building. The word is not applied to a mean building, but to temples, churches, or elegant mansion-houses, and to other great structures. Milton. Addison.


Pertaining to edifices or to structure.

ED'I-FI-ED, pp.

Instructed; improved in literary, moral, or religious knowledge.

ED'I-FI-ER, n.

One that improves another by instructing him.

ED'I-FY, v.t. [L. ædifico; Fr. edifier; Sp. edificar; It. edificare; from L. ædes, a house, and facio, to make.]

  1. To build, in a literal sense. [Not now used.] Spenser.
  2. To instruct and improve the mind in knowledge generally, and particularly in moral and religious knowledge, in faith and holiness. Edify one another. 1 Thes. v.
  3. To teach or persuade. [Not used.] Bacon.

ED'I-FY-ING, ppr.

  1. Building up in Christian knowledge; instructing; improving the mind.
  2. adj. Adapted to instruct.

ED'I-FY-ING-LY, adv.

In an edifying manner.


The quality of being edifying.

E'DILE, n. [L. ædilis, from ædes, a building.]

A Roman magistrate whose chief business was to superintend buildings of all kinds, more especially public edifices, temples, bridges, aqueducts, &c. The ediles had also the care of the highways, public places, weights and measures, &c. Encyc.


The office of Edile in ancient Rome. Gray.

ED'IT, v.t. [from L. edo, to publish; e and do, to give.]

  1. Properly, to publish; more usually, to superintend a publication; to prepare a book or paper for the public eye, by writing, correcting, or selecting the matter. Those who know how volumes of the fathers are generally edited. Christ. Observer.
  2. To publish. Abclard wrote many philosophical treatises which have never been edited. Enfield.

ED'IT-ED, pp.

Published; corrected; prepared and published.

ED'IT-ING, ppr.

Publishing; preparing for publication.

E-DI'TION, n. [L. editio, from edo, to publish.]

  1. The publication of any book or writing; as, the first edition of a new work.
  2. Republication, sometimes with revision and correction; as, the second edition of a work.
  3. Any publication of a book before published; also one impression or the whole number of copies published at once; as, the tenth edition.

ED'I-TOR, n. [L. from edo, to publish.]

  1. A publisher; particularly, a person who superintends an impression of a book; the person who revises, corrects, and prepares a book for publication; as, Erasmus, Scaliger, &c.
  2. One who superintends the publication of a newspaper.


Pertaining to an editor, as editorial labors; written by an editor, as editorial remarks.


The business of an editor; the care and superintendence of a publication. Walsh.

E-DIT-U-ATE, v.t. [Low L. ædituor, from ædes, a temple or house.]

To defend or govern the house or temple. [Not in use.] Gregory.


That may be educated.